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Stuff We Like: iFixit’s New Cases Show What Your iPhone is Made Of

iFixit Insight Case

We’ve all seen those nifty wallpapers that show a 1:1 scale of the inside of your phone, but iFixit took that concept one step farther with its new Insight Case line. Your phone has never been so exposed.

The basic concept is pretty simple: like the aforementioned wallpapers, these cases show what your iPhone looks like with the back removed. You’ll see the motherboard, battery, and all that other fancy stuff. And of course, they line up perfectly with the innards of your actual phone.

Each case is made of thermoplastic polyurethane, which is just the full name of what you’ve heard one hundred million times: TPU. (Read: they’re plastic.) It does look like they have a bit of extra oomph on the corners, though, which should help protect your device in the case of a fall.

Two versions of each case exist: Color and X-Ray. iFixit describes these as “a Color version, to show off the internal components as if you’d just lifted the screen, and an X-Ray version, which allows you to look straight through the back of your phone at what’s inside.” Either way, you get to see your phone’s guts.

As of right now, these cases are only available for certain models of iPhone: XR, XS, XS Max, X, 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 6, and 6 Plus. So, basically all iPhones made in the last half-decade. Maybe one day we’ll see them for some Android phones, too.

As for cost, you’re looking at a ten spot for each case. That’s pretty damn competitive even in a crowded phone case market (even for a TPU case), so the fact that it also looks super cool is just the icing on the cake.

Cameron Summerson Cameron Summerson
Cameron Summerson is Review Geek's former Editor in Cheif and first started writing for LifeSavvy Media in 2016. Cam's been covering technology for nearly a decade and has written over 4,000 articles and hundreds of product reviews in that time. He’s been published in print magazines and quoted as a smartphone expert in the New York Times. In 2021, Cam stepped away from Review Geek to join Esper as a managing Editor. Read Full Bio »